5 People Confirmed Dead With Over 1200 Missing After Colorado Flood
The death toll has risen to five people while the number of residents unaccounted for has more than tripled since Saturday in the wake of the massive Colorado flood.
More than 1,000 residents are stranded in the wake of ferocious flooding and relentless rain that have killed at least five people and left 19,000 homes in Colorado either damaged or destroyed, according to officials.
A total of 1,253 people are also unaccounted for but officials cautioned the number is subject to change as widespread flood recovery efforts continue. The Colorado Office of Emergency management reports that five people, four in Boulder and one in El Paso County, are dead.
Nick Christensen of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says that with so many missing, the number of dead will likely rise.
“It’s just going to take some time to determine the status of everybody,” he said.
A National Guard helicopter carrying civilians out of Lyons, Colo., was grounded by heavy rains and flood waters Sunday. The crew has been forced to wait it out and spend the night on higher ground, according to a National Guard news release. It’s just another problem in a continuous stream of misfortune for so many in the flood zone.